What is Pilates?   (back to top)

Joseph Pilates founded Pilates over 80 years ago. He was one of the first to explain imbalance theories within the body & developed his own exercise regime to improve the performance of dancers and gymnasts. His legacy lives on. Pilates continues to evolve and benefit thousands of people every day.

Matwork Pilates consists of 34 original mat based Pilates exercises. They are designed to correct muscle imbalance by promoting core stability, flexibility, postural and body awareness and endurance. It is based upon 8 main principles: Breathing, concentration, control, centering, precision, flow, integrated isolation and routine.

Pilates is a gentle but physical workout that will teach you how to become fully aware of your body, your posture, and your movement patterns. It will improve your strength and muscle tone, and leave you feeling relaxed with a sense of well-being. Routine in Pilates will allow you to recognize incorrect movement patterns, isolate them, and correct them. This makes the disciple invaluable for injury prevention as well as for rehabilitation.

Pilates is suitable for everyone – the fit and healthy, the injured, the young and the old.

APPI Modified Pilates
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Whether it be for neck or lower back pain, stroke rehabilitation or recovery post-surgery, a great deal of Physiotherapy rehabilitation focuses upon the importance of a balanced, aligned body, with appropriate muscle control. Based on up-to-date research on pain, pathology and function, APPI modified the traditional 34 Pilates exercises making them ideal for rehabilitation and for the more sedentary lifestyle of today.

The APPI only train Physiotherapists or equivalent degree specialists; you can therefore be confident that your therapist will only provide safe and effective Pilates sessions tailored to your individual needs.

Pilates and back pain   (back to top)

An article in The Daily Mail advocated the fact that Physiotherapists trained in Pilates have a vital role in the delivery of safe and effective Pilates to people with back pain. While orthopaedic and spinal surgeons recommend Pilates for back pain and after injury, they also highlighted the fact that if the exercise program is not tailored to an individuals needs or taught correctly according to their back diagnosis, problems can occur.

Physiotherapists are not necessarily better trained in Pilates than other Pilates instructors, however our knowledge of pain, pathology and function, the three cornerstones of the APPI method, is more advanced. This means we have a real understanding of anatomy, in particular back conditions and any strengths and weaknesses you may have. Our classes are small, with a maximum of 12 participants, allowing for ongoing supervision and correction as required.

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Pilates during Pregnancy   (back to top)

 “Pregnancy is the perfect time to get in touch with your body and there’s no better way to do so than with a mind/body workout such as Pilates or yoga. Such classes aim to improve posture through stretching and strengthening exercises which should help to reduce pregnancy aches and pains....Pilates is particularly good for strengthening the deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles....the deep breathing and relaxation techniques are essential tools to help you de-stress and will be invaluable during labour” NCT

Pilates during pregnancy is recommended by the NCT, both as a form of exercise and for back pain during pregnancy. The NCT is the UKs leading charity for parents and provides invaluable information and support during pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.

For further information on the NCT, use this link:

Post-natal Pilates   (back to top)

Pilates during the post-natal period is an ideal form of exercise. It not only provides all the benefits already mentioned, but it will also help to rehabilitate and repair your body after all the stress placed upon it during pregnancy. Pilates will hasten your recovery after the birth of your baby, facilitating your body’s ability to cope with the new demands of early motherhood. It can rehabilitate your pelvic floor muscles, aid overstretched muscles regain strength and tone, realign your joints and posture correctly, and provide a very welcome form of relaxation.

Provided there were no complications during your pregnancy and birth, Pilates can be started as soon as you are medically fit; in most circumstances it is recommended pelvic floor exercises are commenced immediately following the birth. Following a caesarean section, re-strengthening you abdominal muscles is imperative and a gentle form of Pilates can be started as soon as you are medically fit and feel able to do so.

Dependent upon the severity, Pilates can be modified for conditions such as symphysis pubis dysfunction, pelvic joint pain and diastasis. This will require 1:1 sessions to begin with.

Pilates for Neurological conditions  (back to top)

Specialist Neurological Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation also available.  Please contact the Pilates Clinic Retford for more details, or see

Your Physiotherapist” page.

Multiple Sclorosis:

Pilates is a popular form of exercise for people with Multiple Sclorosis. Research is currently underway to determine the impact that Pilates has on posture, pain, quality of life, fatigue and the ability to breathe deeply in people with MS.

For further information on the

MS research study, use this link:


Pilates is an ideal form of gentle exercise for many post-stroke patients. It is especially effective for balance re-education in addition to re-training specific muscle groups. A recent research study in Northern Ireland found that 50% of stroke survivors attending Pilates classes had an improved quality of life after just 6 weeks. It is also a perfect way to return to exercise in the community instead of the hospital, socialize with others and increase you confidence.

For further information on stroke

research study, use this link:

Parkinsons Disease:

The core exercise regimes for people with Parkinson’s Disease work on balance, postural awareness, correction of poor posture, and the control of movement. Modified Pilates not only focuses upon all these aspects, but the repetitive nature of the routines also facilitates co-ordination. Some Pilates exercises focus on flexibility and this can reduce muscle rigidity, and the relaxing nature of the sessions is also of great benefit.

 For further information on Exercise

and Parkinsons, use this link:

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The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) is firmly established as a world leader in Pilates training. It was founded

by Physiotherapists in 1999 in response to the demand for rehabilitation based Pilates.


 “Pilates is considered to be the best exercise for improving back pain and posture.... because participants are taught how to target the core muscles and stabilize the spine”.

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Modified Pilates based on Physiotherapy Principles

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